Bernie Sanders on the Wisdom Wheel

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Today I’m rounding out a series of posts in which we put the 2016 presidential candidates on the Wisdom Wheel. Full disclosure: I’m registered as an independent. These portraits do not endorse any particular candidate. Instead, I want to see and share what the Wheel has to say.

Who are these politicians? What are their strengths? Weaknesses? What universal, human challenges can they expect in the upcoming years? A person’s Birth Law and their current position on the Wheel can shed light on these questions.

Nine months ago, when I wrote my first blog post about presidential candidates, I never imagined Donald Trump would trounce 15 other Republicans to become the presumptive GOP candidate. I’m still shaking my head over that outcome and I’m not the only one. This Cycle has taught me to expect the unexpected. Will we see a third party or independent candidate emerge? Who knows.

What if Bernie Sanders ran as an independent? He’s the longest serving independent in US congressional history. Born on September 8, Bernie’s Birth Law is Journey, like all other Virgos. This Law is situated in the southwest quadrant, between the domain of Teachers and Healers. So if Bernie lives to his highest potential, his Journey should both teach us and heal us. This Law is also positioned between Higher Purpose and Trust. Arguably, he is the most Trust-worthy candidate, staying true to his “socialist” stump speech throughout his political tenure. Old videos prove his consistency to his beliefs. Bernie getting arrested when protesting on behalf of civil rights. Clips of Bernie explaining why he refused to vote for the war in Iraq. This has been his lifelong Journey.

Bernie’s Journey and his politics are recognizable and resonate with more people now than ever. He’s for universal health care, ending corporate welfare, addressing income inequality by raising minimum wage, reforming campaign finance rules, offering parental leave, and protecting LGBTQ rights.

Surrender balances Journey. This means Surrender is his challenge. In Bernie’s case, we’re seeing this play out in his supporters who chant “Bernie or Bust”. Some believe the time is nigh for Bernie to surrender his presidential bid. Is it too early to Surrender? Too late? Who or what is the most noble cause or person to Surrender to? These are all important Surrender questions and it will be interesting to see how Bernie addresses them.

When he turns 75 this September, Bernie will live under the Law of Cycles on the spirit side of the Wheel. Fitting that he is now part of a moment where the flaws in our (political) Cycles are being exposed. Maybe it’s time for a radical re-write of the American political establishment. This is the message many voters are clamoring for on both sides of the party spectrum.

As citizens, it’s important to remember that we have a stake. With our ballots, we make our Choice.

On Enlightenment, Surrender and The Doors


Cynthia and I celebrated her birthday with dinner out. We enjoyed an Indian curry and a performance by a Doors tribute band called Through The Doors. If you closed your eyes, the singer did sound like Jim Morrison!

Cynthia, like all other Aries, is born under the Law of Enlightenment.  To achieve real Enlightenment, I believe one must go through the Law of Surrender — a tough trial for most of us. Surrender requires being present. Now. In the moment.

As I watched the band play, I noticed how tight they were. No doubt a result of many hours of practice and repetition. They performed solos with grace and discipline, Surrendering to the moment, Trusting that their skills would deliver. They had Surrendered to the connection to the soul.

The Wisdom Wheel is like the band of our inner life and we are the conductor. We can call on any of the 36 instruments to produce the tunes we desire. Do we want our lives to be one cacophony after another of noise and chaos? Or would we prefer a beautiful, soulful melody where Creativity, Cause & Effect, and Power blast out an arpeggio of joy? We can make Choices to integrate the Wisdom Wheel into our lives and lead us closer to Enlightenment.

Surrender and Sickness


In the wake of Obama’s final state of the union address, I’m pondering the state of the Wisdom Wheel.

The start of 2016 has found me flat on my back. My usual rah-rah energy is nowhere to be found while I’m posted up in bed with a respiratory virus. Being too weak to even read is a cruel punishment. This sickness has also dampened much of my grandiose plans to celebrate the Wisdom Wheel’s 20th anniversary with gusto.

Yet, I believe that all things happen for a reason. It’s rare that I spend days and days in bed without any productive results. This really challenges my natural Fire instincts to go, go, go. I think this applies to many of us in our “time is money” society. But, I know there’s a lesson for me to learn and integrate about Surrender.

For one, my weak condition has helped me face my own mortality. Not to sound morbid, but I believe it’s useful to mull over your own death, especially at my age (60s).

And also, what will be left of the Wisdom Wheel when I am gone?

I’ve always avoided gaining a “guru”-like status. I want the Wisdom Wheel to stand for itself, not me. Right now, with this illness, there’s not much I can do, anyway. Over the past couple days, I’ve gained new Awareness that 1) many rely on me to do their Wisdom Wheel work for them and 2) that I’m complicit in this assistance, whether I realize it or not. This creation must have a life of its own.

Sometimes, the idea of Surrendering what I’ve been carrying — teaching the Wisdom Wheel — comes with a feeling of total freedom. But I know I would continue practicing because it works for me.

Other creators and developers have managed to leave things behind that went on without them. I guess this it’s a test of whether the world was ready for your gift or not. Once I’m gone, will the Wisdom Wheel surge or disappear?

Ultimately, that’s not up to me. That’s up to each of you.